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Minor Biology - Ecology, Semester 1

This minor in ‘Biology - Ecology' gives you an introduction to all kinds of topics in general biology and ecology. You will get acquainted with subjects such as systems biology, evolutionary biology as well as with population biology. More information on a specific course described below, can be found in the online prospectus.

If you come from a relevant Applied Sciences Bachelor's programme (see ingangseisen) this minor can replace the mandatory Premaster's. That means that with this minor of 30 ECTS, you will be directly admitted to the Master’s in Biology at Radboud University after having finished your Applied Sciences diploma.

You will follow three courses per quarter: one course on Monday-Tuesday, one course on Wednesday and one course on Thursday-Friday. In the schedule below, you can choose a course of your own preference on the Wednesdays.




• Ecological Theory and Data Analysis (NWI-BB083B)



• Biology and Society (NWI-BB011B)


• Climate Change: Science & Policy (NWI-GCSE001)



• Systems Ecology (NWI-BB022B)




• Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (NWI-MB024)



• Debating Science in Society (NWI-FC0042B)


• History of Biology (NWI-BB028B)


• Energy & Sustainability (NWI-GCSE002)


• Water Health and Development (NWI-BB079)



• Biological Invasions (NWI-BB088)




Ecological Theory and Data Analysis: Topics covered in the course include model choice, (multivariate) regression analyses, principle component analyses, capture-mark-recapture analyses and model selection. We will also explore dynamic models as for instance invasion, metapopulation, coexistence and species interaction models.

Biology and Society: In this course the societal role of biology will be addresses: biology plays a role in society and this can cause conflicts, tension and ethical issues.

Climate Change: Science & Policy: Addressing climate change is one of the greatest challenges of this day. This requires understanding the science behind human intervention in the climate, the impacts of different temperature increase scenarios and how to adapt to them, as well as how to reduce emissions to mitigate climate change. This course aims to update you on the scientific issues around climate change, as well as on the most important national and international policy developments.

Systems Ecology: You will get insight in the structure and the function of (aquatic) ecosystems. You will learn about the conditions in ecosystems and how species have adapted to this. Mandatory part of this course is an excursion week to the Dutch island Terschelling. The other two courses in this period will take this into account.

Human & Ecological Risk Assessment (NWI-MB024C):
After completing the course, the student should be able to describe the main chemical and toxicological processes determining emission, fate, accumulation and effects of pollutants, apply simple models simulating the above-mentioned processes and interpret the results and critically reflect upon human and ecological risk assessments of pollutants from a scientific and stakeholder perspective.

Debating Science in Society: The purpose of this course is to get acquainted with topics of science in society on the basis of case studies and to gain insight into the interaction between science, politics, media and citizens. (site will be updated to English)

History of Biology: It may sound like a dreadful cliché, but the aim of this course is to learn from the past. The course will not present you with an endless stream of historic facts or isolated funny anecdotes (although some of the history of biology can be quite entertaining). The stress will be on the interpretation of history: we will try to understand patterns and relations in the development of biology, rather than list who discovered what, where, and when.

Energy & Sustainability: In this course the societal needs for energy are addresses and the different sources (fossile, nuclear, sustainable) that can fulfill the future needs are discussed in detail.

Water Health and Development: The strong links between human health and the health of the broader environment are an emerging topic in science. This course provides insight in the causal relations between the Water, Health and Development knowledge domains.

Biological Invasions: The course focuses on competences, skills and knowledge that will be required for scientific research on biological invasions and risk analysis of alien species.

See the learning goals of each individual course in the online prospectus for more detailed information.


Third or fourth year's students from the Bachelor's of Applied Sciences Universities. In general all natural sciences course programmes, such as Applied Biology (Toegepaste Biologie), Land and Water Management, Aquatic Ecotechnology, Second degree teacher in Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences.
If you are not sure about your eligibility for this minor please contact us.


For every course there is a first exam and a resit opportunity in the same study year. The first exam is (mostly) scheduled in the last week of the quarter.

See the information in the online prospectus for more details about exams / products of each individual course.

At the end of the minor you can request a formal grade list.


See the literature (mandatory or optional) of each individual course in the online prospectus.


The courses of quarter one are scheduled from August 31 - October 30. Courses of the second quarter are scheduled from November 2 - January 29, 2021.

See the schedule of each individual course in the online prospectus for further details.

After being registered as minor student you will receive a login to the Student Portal of Radboud University. Via the Portal you can see a Personal Schedule and you can enter the Brightspace environment.